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Supplier Diversity Program (SDP)

The Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) was established to promote supplier diversity in public contracting.

The Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) encourages the award of state contracts in a way that strengthens and increases business opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (SDVOBEs),Veteran Business Enterprises (VBEs), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs); and Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (DOBEs).

The Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office (SDO), working with the Governor’s Office of Access, Opportunity, and Community Affairs, sets spending goals for Executive Departments, also called benchmarks, for purchasing from MBE, WBE, and SDVOBE / VBE businesses. While spending goals have not yet been established for DOBE and LGBTBE businesses, state agencies are encouraged to include them in their purchasing efforts. Only those businesses certified by the SDO or SDO-recognized third-party certification organizations qualify for the program.